Well, it’s the Night After On Stage, and all through the land Stampin’ Up Demos are putting their feet up, looking through their new 2020 Mini Catalogues, and dreaming of all the new stamps Santa can bring them! On Stage is the twice-a-year event for Stampin’ Up! demonstrators, where we get to gather and discover a whole new range of products from an upcoming catalogue. It’s enormous fun – if you are a demonstrator and have never been I encourage you to get to the next one, and if you aren’t already a demonstrator then it’s just another great reason to join Stampin’ Up! (ask me how!).
You’ll start to see lots of new fabulousness in the coming weeks from those of us who are able to get our hands on the new products early. In the meantime, there’s still lots of time to enjoy the Holiday Catalogue which is current until January. Over at CASE-ing the Catty we are still very much loving all that this catalogue has to offer, and this week for our crew blog hop we are focusing on the Night Before Christmas suite – the stunning DSP and all the many colours in it, and the layouts on page 24.
I absolutely love this DSP and all the fun images and the range of both traditional and non-traditional colours in it. It really is very versatile and has something for everyone in the collection. My card this week is a bit of a double CASE. I’ve CASED both the blue card with Santa’s sleigh above and a similar creation I made and shared for a Colour Inkspiration challenge a couple of weeks ago (you can check out that project here). I loved the card I made so much that I thought I would recreate it with a different colour scheme. This week’s CTC challenge provided the perfect opportunity to do so.
I started of course by inking the background. On Thick Whisper White cardstock (I find the thick WW works the best for blending – it’s very smooth and the extra weight takes the heavy application of ink well) I Blended Crushed Curry up from the bottom and Night of Navy down from the top. I put a pretty heavy coating on at the top and the bottom and then blended up/down with a lighter hand so that they blended into each other in a nice green as well. I did add a little Blue Berry Bushel in with the blue as well to brighten it up a bit, and some Basic Black around the top edge to darken it even more.
To make the “moon” I lightly blended on some Craft White ink for a “glow”, then used a circle stamp (from the retired Eclectic Expressions stamp set) to make the moon. Over the whole panel I spattered and dabbed off some water and then spattered a fairly generous amount of Champagne Mist Shimmer Paint, for that sparkly night sky look.
Although I absolutely love the Santa’s sleigh die from the Jolly Season dies I unfortunately don’t have this set, but seeing it in the catalogue reminded me of an older Christmas set I have called Cozy Christmas (I think it is from 2015). In the first version of this card I made I stamped it on in black ink, but this time I used black heat embossing, and I just love the extra dimension and shimmer it gives it.
I cut the whole panel out using the largest Stitched Rectangle die, then mounted it on a Blueberry Bushel base card with a thin Basic Black mat layer as well. A little white and silver baker’s twine finishes it off. I have loved creating both versions of this card that I’ve made so far, and I’d love to do another. What other background colours do you think would work with this design?
As always, we’d love you to join in the challenge. Upload your CASEd creation to our Facebook wall via this link, by Monday, November 25.
Next up is Tina with her absolutely stunning inky creation to share with you. Due to the business of On Stage this weekend we are a short but sensational hop this week, so make extra sure you visit all the crew’s projects and show them all some love.
Thanks for stopping by,